A single mom from Long Island was killed in a horrific hit and run accident on Thursday.
Erika Hughes, 24, was walking alone on a busy road in Mastic, Suffolk County at 11:59 p.m., when a dark colored truck slammed into her and sent her flying across the road onto the curb. The callous driver sped off without stopping to see if the woman was alright.
"The person in the truck never stopped," Suffolk County Detective Sgt. James McGuinness, told the New York Post. "He just kept right on going."
"The road has no sidewalks and is still busy at that time of night," he added.
Erika graduated from William Floyd High School and worked as an auto-dealer saleswoman. She has a 15-month-old daughter. Her friends regarded her as a focused and loving mother.
Erika's parents, Dennis and Lori, are devastated by the death of their beautiful and caring daughter. They will now raise Erika's little girl, Gabriella.
The Suffolk County police are investigating the case. Witnesses described the vehicle as a dark-colored truck, possibly a pickup truck, tow truck, or other utility vehicle that fled southbound on Mastic Road and eventually turned east, stated the Long Island Press. The vehicle may have front end damage, stated the police.
Investigators have asked witnesses or anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 220-8477.